Hot work as Collinge has a weekend to remember for Brooke with century double

Brooke batsmen Gary Chirimuuta and Matt Collinge enjoy the moment shortly after both had brought up

Brooke batsmen Gary Chirimuuta and Matt Collinge enjoy the moment shortly after both had brought up their hundreds against Downham. Picture: Grant Habershon - Credit: Archant

Being a wicket-keeper/batsman can be a rewarding job, as well as a tough one at times – as Brooke's Matt Collinge discovered at the weekend.

Collinge had little time for any rest as he put together two superb centuries before donning his gloves and playing another key role for his team.

At the end of a memorable couple of days the former Woolpit player had 265 runs to his name and Brooke had recorded two important home wins to move up to fifth in the Cecil Amey Norfolk Alliance Premier Division and reach the semi-finals of the Lady Mary Trophy.

'It's the best weekend I have every had with the bat – I haven't scored two centuries in one weekend before,' said Collinge. 'It was a great track and everything I tried seem to come off – it's a great feeling when that happens.

'I must admit I was pretty exhausted at the end of the weekend because I was out there virtually all the time on two very warm days. Anyone who watched me keeping on Sunday would have noticed I started taking a different stance because the legs were really aching by then!'

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Collinge's weekend to remember started when he teamed up with new professional Gary Chirimuuta in the Alliance fixture against Downham Town, with the score on 102-3. By the time the pair had finished the defending champions had got all the way up to 330, with Chirimuuta making 110 and Collinge finishing unbeaten on 120, with 15 fours and five sixes.

'We learnt later that 228 was a club record partnership and it was nice to be involved in that,' said Collinge, who took two catches as Downham were dismissed for 181. 'It's a pleasure to bat with Gary. He has done really well for us since he came over from Zimbabwe, and is also a top bloke, and I'm sure he's got a bright future in the game.'

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The following day Collinge added 145 to his tally as Brooke made 348-6 in their 50 overs, with Dereham then keeping him busy by making 306 in reply.

Meanwhile, Great Witchingham cruised past Norwich in the NW Brown Norfolk Twenty20 competition at Manor Park on Wednesday evening. The Witches skittled their opponents out for just 92, with Mike Jones taking 3-15, before winning by three wickets in the 15th over.

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